“We would not presume to dictate what you should or should not do. However, as your friends and allies, have we not earned the right to offer our advice upon such a weighty matter, especially when it shall affect us all?"
(C. Paolini; Inheritance)
What does 'shall' express here? Is this just an archaic usage of it?
I wouldn't call it an archaic usage.
Perhaps oratorical, rhetorical or declamatory.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Dec-2011 at 10:42.